The Strange Case of Rachel K

The Strange Case of Rachel K

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An explorer's whereabouts keeps a queen in waiting; a faith healer's illegal radio broadcasts give hope to an oppressed people; a president's offer of ice cream surprises a prostitute expecting to cooperate fully, the three short fictions gathered in The Great Exception build into a vision of Cuba that is black-humored, brutal, and beautiful. Written prior to the publication of Rachel Kushner's first acclaimed novel Telex From Cuba, these stories, like Roberto Bolano's Antwerp, burst forth with the genesis of her fictional universe as though fired from a cannon. From the mythical title story, to the ominous "Debouchment," originally published in her too short-lived journal Soft Targets, to the sexy and noirish "Strange Case of Rachel K," this is Kushner saddling up for a journey into the wilds of the modern novel.
Publisher: New York : New Directions Publishing Corporation, 2015
ISBN: 9780811224215
081122421X
Characteristics: 80 p. ; 19 cm
Alternative Title: Rachel K

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lukasevansherman
Dec 22, 2018

Three short stories, some of which are connected to her first, Cuban-set novel, "Telex from Cuba." Given how ambitious and complex her novels are, these are relatively straightforward and though minor, worth reading. Kushner's "The Mars Room" was one of best books of 2018.

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msemos
Jul 27, 2015

all the stores deal with cuba in some way. of them the last story was the only one that I sort of enjoyed. all in all not my type of writing

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